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Vogue Dots by Meghan Tansey Whitton 

Canadian duo Babette Hayward and Tynan Dunfield formed Vogue Dots in the bleakest of winters, and thus their alt. pop contains sharp, icy edges and leans towards the nocturnal and melancholy. Yet the music they make is also precise, crisp and filled with carefully measured catharsis. What would you expect from a pair who work as sound engineers during the day?

Across the course of two EPs, Toska and Mauka, the pair explore the extremes of boredom and anguish with a whirlwind of synth-filled aural textures and airy vocals, bringing out the melodrama in their otherwise wintery sound. The atmospheric pop they produce should be glorious within the confines of the intimate Jumpin’ Jacks venue located above The Dog & Parrot, where they’ll appear on Thursday 2nd June.

At the Newcastle gig, Hayward and Dunfield are joined by South London quartet Alphabetic, who make vaguely ambient pop in the vein of Talk Talk and produce beautiful harmonies built on the partnership between vocalists Walter Heale and Rebecca Lever. Rounding off the 80s vibe are two Newcastle-based acts, synth-pop group Twist Helix and duo Mausoleums. Vaguely retro alt. pop is definitely still in vogue.

Vogue Dots, Alphabetic, Twist Helix and Mausoleums play at Jumpin’ Jacks, Newcastle on Thursday 2nd June.


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